The YA Chicks are a group of Florida-based YA (young adult) authors as well as an agent and editor who are committed to delivering high quality presentations on our books, the publishing process, and the craft of writing fiction to schools, libraries, bookstores, writer's conferences, writer's groups, and book festivals. In addition, we schedule annual tours around the US. Click on each author's image or name to view their personal websites.
Vivi Barnes is the author of Olivia Twisted, Olivia Decoded, and Paper or Plastic. Vivi lives in the magic and sunshine of Orlando, FL, where she divides her time (sometimes with difficulty) working, playing with family, and devising new ways of torturing her characters.
CHRISTINA FARLEY is the author of the bestselling Gilded series and middle grade, THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE. Prior to that, she worked as an international teacher and at a top secret job for Disney where she was known to scatter pixie dust before the sun rose. When not traveling the world or creating imaginary ones, she spends time with her family in Clermont, Florida with her husband and two sons where they are busy preparing for the next World Cup, baking cheesecakes, and raising a pet dragon that’s in disguise as a cockatiel.
Amy Christine Parker is the author of the critically acclaimed duology Gated and Astray and the recently released Smash & Grab. Before she became a writer she worked as a waitress, a dollmaker, and an elementary school teacher. She currently lives in Tampa with her husband, their two daughters, and three crazy cats.
Lucienne Diver is a literary agent with The Knight Agency. Over the course of her dynamic career she has sold over seven hundred titles to every major publisher, and has built a client list of more than forty authors spanning the commercial fiction genres, primarily in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery/suspense, and young adult fiction. Her authors have been honored with the Hugo, the RITA, National Readers' Choice, Golden Heart, Romantic Times and Colorado Book Awards, among others, and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.
She is also an author in her own right, with the Vamped young adult series and the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series. Her short stories have appeared in the KICKING IT anthology edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price (Roc Books), the STRIP-MAULED and FANGS FOR THE MAMMARIES anthologies edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books) and her essay “Abuse” was published in DEAR BULLY: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins). FAULTLINES, her first young adult thriller, is a November 2016 release from Bella Rosa Books.
Lynne Matson is the author of the acclaimed Nil series, a thrilling trilogy in which teens trapped on a mysterious island have exactly 365 days to escape, or die. NIL was awarded a VOYA Perfect 10 for 2014 and a starred review, and was selected as a TEEN Vogue hot summer read. Her books have been translated into several languages and are currently nominated for numerous state awards. A former lawyer, Lynne is now a full-time writer. She lives in Florida with her husband and four sons. Cookies are her kryptonite, especially Thin Mints.
Racquel Henry is a Trinidadian writer and editor with an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is also a part-time English Professor and owns the writing center, Writer’s Atelier, in Winter Park, FL. In 2010 Racquel co-founded Black Fox Literary Magazine where she still serves as an editor. She is a contributing editor for Burrow Press' Fantastic Floridas and the nonfiction editor of Fairleigh Dickinson University's alumni anthology. Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction have appeared in places like Blink-Ink, The Rusty Nail, Lotus-Eater Magazine, The Best of There Will Be Words 2014 Chapbook, UCF Creative Writing MFA Blog and Moko Caribbean Arts & Letters, among others.